Plants & Human Affairs - Introduction
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Fruits, Veggies and Seeds - Study Questions

Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. name the major organs of a plant and identify their function
  2. identify some common crops derived from roots
  3. identify some common crops derived from stems, including tubers, rhizomes, corms and bulbs
  4. identify some common crops derived from meristems
  5. identify the parts of a leaf and identify some common crops derived from each
  6. give the botanical definition of a fruit, vegetable and seed.  Describe the confusion that results from the common usage of these terms.  
  7. name some true fruits that are commonly considered vegetables, and vice versa.  Why the confusion?
  8. review the parts of the flower
  9. define fruit.  
  10. compare and contrast simple, aggregate and multiple fruits (number of flowers, number of ovaries)
  11. describe the structure/features of a strawberry, apple, cherry (or other stone fruit), watermelon, fig, raspberry
  12. Can you identify the plant and part eaten for each of the the crops listed in the table in the "Fruits, Veggies & Seeds" notes (click here)
  13. explain the difference between a freestone and cling peach

Important Terms/Concepts: (can you use these terms conversationally?)

  •  aggregate fruit

  • blade
  • bulb
  • corm
  • dehiscent
  • dry fruit
  • fleshy
  • fruit
  • indehiscent
  • mesocarp
  • multiple fruit
  • pericarp
  • petiole
  • rhizome
  • simple fruit
  • tuber

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